The Marching Band’s pre-game performance at Union South gives Badger fans a preview of the music they will hear in Camp Randall Stadium. The Union South performance occurs before every regular season home game and takes place approximately one hour before kick-off.
The performance begins when the tubas arrive. The band plays a warm-up and a tuning note. Tuning is interrupted by a skyrocket from the tuba section. Then the band plays two rousing choruses of “On, Wisconsin!” The director greets Badger fans and welcomes opposing fans that have travelled to Madison. The Badger Band treats opposing fans by playing their school song. The band plays selections from their pre-game and halftime shows. Of course, the crowd always wants more, and chants of “We Want Bud” can be heard coming from the Badger faithful. After giving in to the crowd by playing “You’ve Said it All”, the band prepares for the march to Camp Randall Stadium.